Articles by Dipti Humraskar Mistry

Dipti Humraskar Mistry is a Mumbai-based Wildlife Biologist and National Geographic Certified Educator. She has worked in various parts of the country, around wild animals and in the area of human-wildlife conflict.

We often see people in apartment complexes and neighbourhood shops putting out a whole lot of food (or grains) for the birds - usually pigeons and crows are the recipients. Ask any of them why they feed the birds and the answers almost always point towards redemption - doing a good deed, reserving a place in heaven, overcoming personal difficulties and the like. Urban wild animals such as pigeons and crows are meant to fend for themselves! There is something called ‘natural selection’ which allows only for the fittest individuals to survive, getting rid of weak animals and those prone…

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